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Great Egret
(Ardea alba)
Great Egret
The Great Egret is a large white water bird with yellow bill. The neck is about one and a half times as long as the body. It has dark grey or black legs. The bill becomes very dark almost black in the breeding season, and the skin on face becomes... Read more >
Great Blue Heron
(Ardea herodias)
Great Blue Heron
The Great Blue Heron is the largest North American heron. It is blue-gray heron with a reddish gray neck with black and white streaks down the front. The thighs are brown. The face is white with long black plumes on the head. The bill is yellow... Read more >
Cattle Egret
(Bubulcus ibis)
Cattle Egret
The Cattle Egret is a small white egret. During he breeding season it has long, buff reddish feathers on the crown, chest, and back. At the peak of the breeding season the bill, legs, and eyes are red. During the non-breeding season, the feathers... Read more >
Green Heron
(Butorides virescens)
Green Heron
The Green Heron is a small heron. The wings are black with green or blue gloss. The head has greenish black crown. The face and neck are reddish brown. The chest is reddish brown with white steaks. Eyes are orange or yellow with a white stripe under... Read more >
Boat-billed Heron
(Cochlearius cochlearius)
Boat-billed Heron
The Boat-billed Heron is an unusual heron with a large broad scoop-shaped black bill and a crest. The crown and upper back are dark gray. The wings and lower back are light grey. The face, throat and breast are white. The belly is reddish brown with... Read more >
Little Blue Heron
(Egretta caerulea)
Little Blue Heron
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Reddish Egret
(Egretta rufescens)
Reddish Egret
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Snowy Egret
(Egretta thula)
Snowy Egret
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Tricolored Heron
(Egretta tricolor)
Tricolored Heron
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Least Bittern
(Ixobrychus exilis)
Least Bittern
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Black-crowned Night-Heron
(Nycticorax nycticorax)
Black-crowned Night-Heron
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Rufescent Tiger-Heron
(Tigrisoma lineatum)
Rufescent Tiger-Heron
The Rufescent Tiger-heron has a gray body with chestnut head, chest and neck, and a prominent white stripe down the front of the neck. The immature has broad black bars on a brown-buff background. Read more >